Chicago Eatery Creates Zero Waste [Video]
It took this restaurant two years to produce eight gallons of garbage.
Most restaurants produce about eight gallons of garbage every hour, but Chicago-based Sandwich Me In, took nearly two years to produce that much. Thanks to renewable energy, salvages goods, and locally produced food, Justin Vrany estimates that his restaurantâ€™s carbon footprint is 85 percent less than restaurants of a similar size.
All of the restaurant’s waste is composted or recycled, and Vrany even started his own composting program so other people in the area can get involved. The restaurantâ€™s power is wind-generated, and used oil is recycled to be used in bio-diesel engines. Nearly all of the food, a total of 98 percent, is made in-house and sourced from local farms.
To commemorate the occasion, Vrany had an artist come and collect the waste so that it could be transformed into a sculpture. If you want to learn more about this inspiring story, don’t miss out on the vide below.